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Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday.
Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period, while high school comedy “Fist Fight” looks likely to finish around $14 million at 3,185 locations. Meanwhile, horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $5 million at 2,704 screens.
The second weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared likely to challenge “The Great Wall” for runner-up as the erotic sequel saw patronage plunge by about 67% from its opening weekend. The follow-up to “John Wick” may also contend for second with a projection of $16 million.
- Dave McNary
“Fist Fight” director Richie Keen is set to direct “Partners” for New Line, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. New Line and Keen partnered on “Fist Fight,” which is the director’s first feature film and stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell. It opens in theaters this Friday. “Partners” will follow an Lapd detective who falls for a woman after a one-night stand, but soon learns she is an FBI agent and his new boss on a high-profile case. Also Read: Tracy Morgan to Join Ice Cube, Charlie Day in New Line Comedy »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
16 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The action comedy centers on an Lapd detective who falls for a beautiful woman after a one-night stand but then learns that she is an FBI agent and his new boss on a high-profile case.
- Ashley Lee
“Fist Fight” was shot in late 2015 in Atlanta — Morgan’s first movie after the near-fatal 2014 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, caused when his limousine was struck by a Walmart truck, which resulted in him requiring extensive therapy. He was accompanied on the red carpet by his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Maven, and said both were key in helping him heal after the accident,
“I am just happy to be alive,” he admitted. “The key thing for me was to forgive that driver. My wife told me about forgiveness before I started back — that you have to forgive everything and everybody or you can’t move forward.”
- Dave McNary
You know you’re in for a good time when a trio of nuns turn to the genial farmer who greets them one morning with the retort, “Don’t fucking talk to us!” That’s the underlying charm of “The Little Hours,” in which every joke stems from people talking the last way you’d expect of them. Matching a crackling wit with the absurd dissonance of time and place found in the best of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, “Little Hours” is so eager to please that its one-note humor lands with ease.
Writer-director Jeff Baena’s improv-laden twist on “The Decameron,” in which wily 13th-century nuns speak in raunchy contemporary dialogue and engage in sexual deviance, milks its premise for as many jokes as possible and then keeps going, with uneven but mostly hilarious results. Overall, it’s a perfectly satisfying snapshot of subversive comedy that delivers where it counts. »
- Eric Kohn
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